Pain medication such as oxycodone often helps cancer patients deal with intense pain after treatment, but it also can lead to abuse.
The opioid epidemic has hit parts of Appalachia very hard' places where cancer rates are high. Many patients are surviving cancer treatment only to become addicted.
The science isn’t clear on whether organic foods can lower your risk of cancer. But eating plenty of fruit and veg – however it’s grown – can reduce your risk.
The participants who chose more organically grown foods over 4.5 years had slightly lower rates of cancer. But it doesn't necessarily mean one thing caused the other.
There are lots of ways to support a friend through breast cancer. Sharing the journey is key, studies suggest.
People across the country show their support for breast cancer patients and survivors by wearing pink and raising money each October. A recent study of patients suggests ways to help all year.
Men, who are arguably the least risk-aware when it comes to breast cancer, are largely overlooked in awareness material, and remain ill-informed.
There are now hundreds of genetic tests that claim to predict the risk of various diseases. All that’s needed is a few drops of blood.
Individuals who carry the breast cancer genes _BRCA1_ or _BRCA2_ are often unaware of the fact. That suggests that physicians need a new way to apply DNA-based screens to identify those at risk.
Surviving breast cancer has been the biggest treatment goal until recent years, when attention began to turn to surviving well, as these three women appear to be.
While more women than ever are surviving breast cancer, they often do so with bad side effects. Studies are showing that physical therapy early in the post-treatment phase can help.
Breast cancer is more survivable than ever. Strength training is a key to helping women survive well.
Breast cancer, once a death sentence, now has a survival rate of more than 90 percent. This means that millions of women suffer effects of treatment. Recent research shows ways to overcome them.
Breast cancer type 1 (BRCA1) is a human tumor suppressor gene, found in all humans. Its protein, also called by the synonym BRCA1, is responsible for repairing DNA.
Mutations in BRCA genes are linked to the early onset of breast and ovarian cancers. But the effect of most mutations is unclear. Now new research can distinguish harmless from dangerous mutations.
Many people associate the word cancer with major illness or death.
Labelling very low-risk conditions as cancers can cause unnecessary anxiety and lead to overtreatment.
New research shows the risk of lung cancer slowly increases five to 10 years after a breast radiation treatment; a form of brachytherapy developed in Canada is the safest treatment to reduce this risk.
New research reveals the risks of lung cancer after breast cancer radiotherapy and identifies the best treatment to reduce these risks.
Breast cancer tumours behave, and are treated, differently.
Headlines that 70% of women with breast cancer don't need chemo need to be heeded with caution: it's a very specific (but substantial) subtype that was studied.
We only know if a cancer has been cured in hindsight.
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A cancer is in remission when it can no longer be detected. But we only say it's cured when it hasn't come back for a certain time – and that differs for different cancers.
Unfortunately, there is no net benefit-ometer for breast cancer screening.
Exposure to omega-3 fatty acids during a child’s early years may play a role in reducing breast cancer risk later in life.
New research suggests omega-3s from seafood to be more effective at reducing breast cancer risk than those from plant-based sources.
Most doctors and nurses agree exercise is beneficial but don’t routinely prescribe exercise as part of their patients’ cancer treatment plan.
Photo credit: Exercise Oncology Team at Australian Catholic University
Historically the advice to cancer patients was to rest and avoid activity. We now know this advice may be harmful to patients, and that every person with cancer would benefit from exercise medicine.
Genetic testing for breast cancer gene mutations is now available. But it could lead to over treatment.
A genetics testing company recently won approval from the FDA to market a test that can identify a breast cancer gene mutation. But what are women supposed to do with that information? There's risk involved.
Many people aren’t aware of the long-term risks alcohol poses to health.
The growing list of alcohol-related diseases includes bowel cancers, mouth and oesophageal cancers, breast cancers, heart disease, respiratory infections and mental health problems.
African-American women at a breast cancer awareness walk in Rego Park, New York.
Research has resulted in advances in treating breast cancer in recent decades, but a wide gap exists in mortality rates between African-American women and white women. Here's a look into why.
The researchers looked at cancer occurrence in those exposed to higher intakes of ultra-processed foods, compared to lower intakes.
The study showed that every 10% increase in consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to a 12% increase in developing some types of cancers. But it didn't show the processed food caused cancers.
In this Dec. 3, 2014 photo, liver cancer patient Crispin Lopez Serrano talks to an oncology nurse at a hospital in Clackamas, Ore.
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Great strides have been made in cancer medicine over decades, but it's important not to forget the growing role that kindness and empathy play in good care.